HIV infection cases up

KIMT News 3

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KIMT News 3 — A new report shows HIV infections are on the rise in Minnesota.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, more than 300 cases of HIV infections were reported last year.

That is up from 292 cases during 2011.

The report shows 83 percent of those new cases occurred within the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Locally, health experts say they haven’t seen a great number of HIV infections in the past.

“Southeastern Minnesota has only had 10 cases diagnosed of HIV during 2011,” Freeborn County Public Health Director Sue Yost said. “In Freeborn County, it was one. Therefore, rural Minnesota really doesn’t see that many cases of HIV or aids.”

The report shows cases among males went up by 17 percent.

While dropping 19 percent among females.

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